Dorothea Stamaris, a resident of Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria, AZ, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 6th. She was 93.
Born and raised in Germany, Dorothea came to the states to be the wife of an American soldier, George, whom she met by chance encounter at a checkpoint in Berlin at war’s end. That encounter would lead to more than 7 decades full of memories.
Dorothea was a unique woman known for her bright mind. She loved classical music, reading philosophy, playing board games and, yes, shopping. She was vibrant and classy and, while she loved to laugh, she was by nature a contemplative woman. She loved the Oregon Coast and could stand for a long while at the water’s edge lost in thought.
Dorothea had a successful career, working for many years in San Francisco’s Embarcadero District.
But the greatest part of her life was her marriage to George, who preceded her in death by a half year. They lived in a dozen places, traveled Europe in their earlier years, raised two children and were by each other’s side through all their respective life events.
Dorothea is survived by her daughter Dorie (Brad) Hedien and son Denis (Anne) Stamaris, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.